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5 Top Masters Degrees in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Mediators and conflict resolution experts are increasingly finding relevance across all spectrum of society. The generally held notions by many that peace practitioners and/or scholars are more relevant in war torn societies have been progressively debunked by the growing number of mediation and conflict resolution experts and professional who have gone on to build respectable careers in both public and private spheres. The work in multi-national organisations as public relations and community engagement professionals, and some even work in the judiciary as mediators. Given the growing interest in the field of mediation and conflict resolution, this article lists five leading master’s degrees in mediation and conflict resolution.

University of Tampere’s Master’s Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

Programme Information: The University of Tampere offers a very interesting and hands-on master’s degree programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The programme, which applies a multi and interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research, is ranked as one of the leading conflict resolution and peacebuilding programmes globally. The programme’s focus is one the study of conflict, especially on its transformation and on the conditions for peaceful change. Students admitted to the programme are trained to decipher the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as international and global contexts, with the focus been the transformation of violent conflicts to achieve sustainable peace.

Programme Requirements:

Eligibility criteria in the Master’s degree programme in Master’s Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Candidates must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere, candidates must have:

  • A completed university level Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master’s degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
  • Fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see Language requirements.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Humanities, Social Sciences or in some other field/discipline appropriate for the content of the MDP.

University of Strathclyde Masters of Science degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Programme Information: The Master of Science degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Strathclyde provides an exhaustive, practical and pragmatic introduction to the field, which is relatively new in the university. Students admitted into the programme are expected to acquire specialized knowledge and practical mediation, as well as negotiation skills. Many students take their qualification into their existing professions, for example law, human resources, construction, education, management, social work and trade unions.

Programme Requirements:

Students need to have a pass degree and/or relevant professional experience.

Åbo Akademi University’s Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

Programme Information: The master’s programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research at Åbo Akademi University in Finland prepares students for professional activity in both interpersonal and international conflict situations. The programme is fashioned in such a way as to take into cognizance the dynamics of modern-day society, vis-à-vis the contextual uniqueness of conflicts. Teaching and learning is done in a largely psychological and anthropological way, helping students understand and situate far-reaching and highly relevant topics such as escalation of war and its effects on cultural and social dynamics. The programme aims to help students understand the mechanisms behind conflict and encompasses the teaching of mediation, negotiation, and peacebuilding from an objective and balanced perspective. Other areas of focus include subjects such as the evolution and escalation of aggression – the interdisciplinary nature of which provides a solid platform for students to base further independent research.

Programme Requirements:

A three-year Bachelor, Master or equivalent diploma in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Education or Administrative Sciences). If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, the applicant can be admitted on condition that she/he submits the degree certificate by deadline set by Åbo Akademi University. Applicants must also prove their knowledge of the English language.

Students who fulfil the formal admission criteria are admitted on the basis of the relevance of their former studies and their success in these. Relevance of prior studies and the applicant’s motivation are carefully considered. Applicants are advised to explain their reasons for applying to this programme specifically.

Maynooth University’s Master of Arts degree in Mediation and Conflict Intervention 

Programme Information: The MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University is domiciled at the Edward Kennedy Institute. The programme’s main objective is to provide a learning experience for individuals with the desire to deepen and integrate their mediation and conflict intervention knowledge and skills. The programme delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Family Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Restorative Practice and Peace Process Studies, providing the professional knowledge and skills necessary for practice in these areas. Participating in this programme will further develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills in conflict analysis, mediation and other specialist chosen areas of study.

Programme Requirements:

Applicants for this master’s programme are expected to possess a primary degree in any subject, which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level, written Personal Statement, references from two referees, and they must be willing to take part in an interview process.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have a Maynooth University Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following:

  • A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation Competency Assessment (Accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent)
  • An extensive career portfolio of at least 10 years in total including at least three years practicing as a mediator

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Universität de València’s Master’s Degree in Mediation, Arbitration, Conflict Management in Private Law

Programme Information: The master’s degree in Mediation, Arbitration, Conflict Management and Private Law is premised upon the need to bridge the gap and fill the capacity loopholes occasioned by the dearth of professionals in the field of mediation and arbitration. The department recognises mediation as one of the different techniques or tools of conflict resolution and its results are suitable for its application in civil conflicts (family, intergenerational, school and social integration conflicts).

Programme Requirements:

Candidates who meet the general and specific admission criteria for each master’s degree course can submit their pre-enrolment application form within the period established. Application forms must be submitted through the link provided in the “Application form” tab at the University Online Office. Each candidate may only submit one application form in which he/she can choose up to three options from among the master’s degree courses or specialisations offered.

Documents to be included in your application in electronic format:

  1. a) Copy of DNI (Spanish citizens), NIE(residents in Spain) or PASSPORT(foreign citizens).
  2. b) Copy of the official university degree certificate (except in the case that the certificate was issued by the University of Valencia)
  • Holders of foreign qualifications previously recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education must also provide a copy of the official recognition document issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
  • Holders of foreign qualifications not officially recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education must also provide the corresponding legalisation or endorsement (apostille).
  • Copy of the official academic transcript (marks), including the average mark of the academic record should also be submitted.

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